Minnesota Historical Society Earns National Awards

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Release dated: 
March 25, 2015
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Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Wendy Jones, Minnesota History Center, 651-259-3411, wendy.jones@mnhs.org

Minnesota Historical Society Earns National Awards

The Minnesota Historical Society has earned two monetary awards from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) to develop projects that support the mission of using the power of history to transform lives.

Play the Past
Play the Past is a powerful new location-based mobile gaming application launched in January of 2014 for use in the History Center's permanent exhibit "Then Now Wow." The NEH grant will help fund the integration of the application into the History Center's other permanent exhibits "Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, the War, the Boom" and "Open House: If These Walls Could Talk." As a result students will have significantly expanded access to humanities content, a deeper engagement with history, and improved critical thinking and collaboration skills.

"Play the Past" is an entirely new learning experience that allows students to transform from being an observer to a participant. The experience continues after the student leaves the exhibit, with the creation of a "digital backpack," a personal web account connected to the student’s game play.

Over Here
Over Here is an ambitious new traveling exhibit on America during the Great War years, 1917–1919.

The NEH grant will help fund the planning of the exhibit, with an opening scheduled for early 2017 to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in April 1917. A web site, and public and educational programs will be offered in conjunction with the exhibit.

The 5,000 square foot exhibit is being developed in partnership with the National Constitution Center, the National World War I Museum, and the Oakland Museum of California. Additional content advisors include active duty military and veterans, including the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans, organizations that are direct legacies of the American experience in World War I.

About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.